What’s unique about OSU-Cascades' ecological approach to the craft of writing is its investment in the whole writer. And here at OSU-Cascades we mean this quite literally. The geographies—social, spiritual, physical, aesthetic, political—each writer negotiates to get to the page are as various as the texts that give each one of us a purchase on this art. Together in the MFA in Creative Writing program we teach ourselves to play—at least some of the time—outside our comfort zones. And we mean that for ourselves as teacher-practitioners, too. By cultivating a passion for what’s difficult about this art, as well the courage to celebrate our own and each others' adventures in self-expression, we tend the practical skills and whimsical experiments that grow writers with healthy writing lives.
Our goal, quite simply: to think seriously about why we write how we do, whom we hope to reach by writing in this way, and how to do it better.
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Oregon State University in Corvallis has a long tradition of excellence. Recognizing the need to bring an outstanding education to students with different life stories, faculty on the Corvallis and Cascades campuses partnered to bring a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing to Central Oregon in 2013. Here in the OSU-Cascades low-residency MFA, we continue that tradition of excellence, growing creative writers with exemplary publication records, and a passion for loving this world, through art.